Publisher: Lyon: (Imprimeur Basset), 1786.
Edition: First edition.
Bibliographical References: OCLC 469371960, recording one location, Bibliothèque Nationale de France; not found on COPAC; not in Maggs Bros Catalogue Bibliotheca Aeronautica.
Condition: A little dust-soiled, but essentially a fine copy, enclosed in a chemise and marbled paper slipcase.
Book ID: 28076
Description8vo, original plain wrappers, stitched as issued, untrimmed, 38 pages. One plate with five diagrams of mechanical aspects of balloons.
CommentsA pamphlet by François-Joseph L'Ange, (1743-1793), a civic-minded intellectual and later juge de paix from Lyon, on the possible uses of machines aérostatiques - hot air balloons - for the benefit of the public and the crown. L'Ange writes to one of the famous Montgolfier brothers, who were instrumental in the early development of the balloons, south of Lyon, in Annonay. A few years later L'Ange was caught up in the turmoil of the Revolution.